A terrifying fire devours a skyscraper in the Chinese city of Changsha

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At the moment, the causes are unknown and if there are any victims of the fire, whose flames in this 200-meter-high building have caused a column of smoke that can be seen from miles away.

The burning colossus in China. A terrifying fire this Friday devoured a skyscraper more than 200 meters in the city of Changsha, the capital of the central province of Hunan. The flames quickly spread through the building, which houses the headquarters of telephone operator China Telecom, and led to a giant column of smoke that can be seen for miles. At this time, the causes and whether there are casualties are unknown.

According to Chinese media reports, the fire was discovered at 3:48 PM (9:48 AM Spanish time in the Spanish peninsula) and 36 tankers with 280 firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze. After just over an hour, the emergency services deemed the fire extinguished, but search and rescue tasks for possible victims continue as usual.

As the videos circulating on social networks show, a tongue of fire ran along the entire facade of the skyscraper, which was the tallest in Changsha when it was built in 2000. In addition to the China Telecom offices, there are other offices whose employees had to be evacuated on the run as soon as the fire was discovered. While several videos show the huge column of smoke rising above the city, another shows the hasty exit of the frightened workers from the building. In total, the China Telecom Tower measures 218 meters and has 42 floors plus two underground floors.

During the New Year holidays of 2009, a fire swept through a building under construction attached to the CCTV state television tower in Beijing, and a firefighter died while fighting the fire. The following year, a new fire destroyed a 28-story skyscraper in Shanghai as a result of a spark in the renovations being carried out, killing 58 people.

Source: La Verdad

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